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Mato Kotwani

Senior Associate   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Mato’s practice areas encompass civil and commercial litigation, debt recovery, criminal litigation (white-collar and general crime) and bankruptcy and insolvency.

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Corporate Compliance

Mato is a Senior Associate at Peter Doraisamy LLC. He graduated with an LLB in 2014 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2017. Mato joined Peter Doraisamy LLC in 2019 and prior to that practiced in another mid-sized firm in Singapore. Mato’s experience encompasses acting for individuals and corporations in complex civil and commercial disputes, conducting criminal defence for both white-collar and general crime offences and advisory work. Mato’s regularly acts for clients in litigations before the State Courts and High Court of Singapore.

 

Mato also regularly acts for and advises corporate clients on regulatory matters including compliance with local legislation and regulatory frameworks such as MAS and PDPA regulations.

 

He also believes strongly in giving back to the community and engaging in volunteer work. He is a volunteer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme and a member of the Criminal Legal Aid Merits Tester Panel. He is also a legal advisor to the Singapore Talents Artistes and Resources Association (“”STAR Association”), which is an association that champions the interests of businesses, employees, talents and freelancers involved in the events and entertainment industry in Singapore.

 

Mato’s areas of practice include:

 

Civil & Commercial Litigation

  • Complex civil disputes (including cross-border disputes)
  • Commercial disputes (including shareholder and director disputes)
  • Contract advisory and dispute resolution;
  • Tort (negligence, misrepresentation, product liability)
  • Debt/Asset Recovery

 

Criminal Law

  • Commercial crime (fraud, criminal breach of trust, corruption and other white-collar offences);
  • Financial crime (theft, bribery, money-laundering related offences under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (CDSA))
  • General Crime (Violent Offences, Sexual Offences, Drug Offences and others)
  • Regulatory Offences (e.g IRAS, MOM, CPF, NEA prosecutions)
  • Military Offences (Offences under the SAF Act)

 

Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice

  • Acting for individuals and corporations in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings;
  • Advising on debt re-structuring
  • Acting for corporations in applications for moratoriums, schemes of arrangement and judicial management

 

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Corporate Compliance

Notable Cases

Criminal Law

  • Represented an individual charged with criminal breach of trust as a servant. The client elected to plead guilty and the benchmark sentence was in the range of 12 months imprisonment. Through negotiations with the prosecution and robust submissions in Court, secured a sentence of 7 months imprisonment for the client;
  • Acted in PP v Shawalludin bin Sa’adon. The accused person was initially charged with murder. Charges were successfully reduced to voluntarily causing grievous hurt and secured a sentence of 5 ½ years imprisonment for the offender.

The St James Murder Case

  • Represented one of the accused person who was initially charged with murder;
  • The charges were subsequently reduced to voluntarily causing grievous hurt;
  • Successfully secured a sentence of 5 ½ years imprisonment for the accused person.

Criminal Breach Of Trust By A Teacher

  • Represented a teacher who was charged with Criminal Breach of Trust as a Servant;
  • Due to the amount involved, the benchmark sentence would have been in the range of 10 – 12 months;
  • After substantial representations and submissions during the sentencing hearing, the sentence was reduced to 7 months imprisonment

Civil and Commercial Disputes

  • Defended a consultant in civil proceedings brought in the High Court by the Plaintiff which was a foreign company;
  • The claim against the Defendant included fraud and conspiracy and the losses claimed by the company involved over hundreds of thousands of dollars;
  • The claim was brought by a rogue foreign company that was impecunious. Successfully obtained an order for Security for Costs against the Plaintiffs and finally got the claim struck out.
  • Acted in a cross-border dispute involving a claim in the sum of US$40 million. The dispute involved complex cross-border issues relating to the building of oil-rig components.
  • Acted in a commercial dispute involving claims in unlawful means conspiracy between directors in a fund management company with claims in excess of US$45 million.
  • Acted in a case involving commercial fraud in excess of $900 million involving claims by multiple parties and financial institutions.
  • Advised foreign clients on cross border issues such as enforcing of foreign judgments in Singapore as well as the taking of evidence in Singapore to assist in foreign proceedings;

Forced Sale/Partition Of Land

  • Assisted in a case involving two owners of a property. Represented the Plaintiff who had contributed more than 95% of the purchase price of the HDB flat. The second owner had contributed less than 5% of the purchase price and several years later tried to claim for an almost equal share of the flat;
  • Applied to the High Court for an order for the sale of the flat with the sale proceeds to be divided in the proportion of 95% in favour of our client.
  • The Court decided in favour of the Plaintiffs

Cross Border Disputes

  • Acted for clients involved in a cross-border dispute involving the building of oil-rig components. The total contract price was in the range of US$100 million and the amount in dispute was in the range of approximately US$40 million. The case involved complex issues including unlawful means conspiracy between co-defendants.

Cross Border Advisory Work

  • Advised foreign clients on cross border issues such as enforcing of foreign judgments in Singapore as well as the taking of evidence in Singapore to assist in foreign proceedings;
  • Advised local corporate clients involved in commercial acquisitions by foreign entities.

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

  • Acted for an insolvent company in a re-structuring application. Successfully obtained a moratorium under S211B of the Companies Act preventing creditors (with claims over $12M) from commencing proceedings or winding up the company

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